In times past, artists depended mostly on art exhibitions or people visiting their galleries before they can make sales.
Interestingly, the advances in technology have provided more ways for digital artists to get their works to potential customers and drive huge sales.
So In this article, as we proceed, I’ll show you the best ways to make lots of money with digital art.
Days are gone when artists did not make money from their arts. This is no longer the case in this digital era as modern technology continues to give artists a platform to promote their works and earn big.
So, if you are into digital art and you have not been making so much profit from your works, this article will list the best ways you can make huge bucks with digital art.
You can check the table of contents below in order to have an idea of what the article is all about.
What is Digital Art?
Digital art is art done on online and multimedia platforms.
Some of the digital artworks include designing character graphics for video games, creating animated videos for company advertising, developing 3-D animation for feature films, and improving pictures for publication using Photoshop or another software.
On the other hand, digital art can be used to mimic different traditional art forms such as using digital software to enhance simple line sketches for a children’s book.
Digital art can also be used to design a sculpture and produce it using a 3-D printer.
What does a digital artist do?
A digital artist uses computer software to bring art to life. Most digital artists work in the entertainment industry to bring stories to life using animated motion pictures, video games, and even mobile apps.
Digital artists also help companies to create visual imagery for their websites or create explanation videos to enable their customers to understand how to use their products.
On the other hand, the services of digital artists are employed in traditional print media. Here, digital artists enhance the photographs in fashion magazines making them look immaculate.
How much do digital artists make?
In the United States, the average salary of Digital Artists is $57,183. However, the salary of Digital Artists ranges between $48,567 and $66,450 respectively. The ranges in the salary can vary based on certain factors such as education, certifications, additional skills, and the number of years in the field.
How to Make Money with Digital Art
If you are into digital art and you are looking for ways on how to make lots of money in the profession, the ideas listed below will give you the perfect guide towards achieving your aim:
1. Use Instagram to sell your art
Several businesses use a social media platform like Instagram to promote their merchandise. This has paved way for lovers of art and artists all over the world to connect for business.
However, you cannot make enough sales if your Instagram followers are small. That means you will have to build a very strong followers base.
If you wish to sell your digital artworks on Instagram, you should start by publishing high-quality images of your works on Instagram. To get high-quality images, choose a clean background and take photographs of your works.
When posting the images, choose a certain hashtag (keywords) that will best define your work. Then, write short but creative content describing your work and publish it. Make sure that you post your artwork regularly.
2. Organise Art Classes
If you have for teaching, then, you will not encounter any problems in getting people that will learn from you. But first, you will have to choose if you want to go into online ort face-to-face teaching.
Face-to-face teaching: Depending on your niche, you can decide to organize a one-day workshop on painting for children, high school graduates, or adults in your locality. You can also plan an art exhibition and invite other artists to participate. Alternatively, you can organize short and interactive art workshops for corporate events and parties.
Online teaching: Here, you can offer online courses to a large number of persons, however, this could be a little difficult. You may also choose to put your online courses in a material form and sell it. This will ease the stress of online teaching and earn you lots of money for a long period of time.
To sell your course materials online, choose platforms like Udemy and Skillshare. You can also sell your course materials on your website. Another option is to create a YouTube channel where you can offer tutorials to your subscribers.
3. Sell vector designs on e-commerce platforms
If you are an artist that can do graphic design very well, you can utilize an e-commerce platform like Sellfy to sell vector designs.
Here, you can sell different kinds of digital artworks including illustrations, logo designs, icon packs, character designs, etc. Through these online platforms, you can also sell music, eBooks, knitting patterns, etc to customers that need them.
4. Apply for grant and competitions
There are lots of grants and competitions for artists. Most of these grants are offered by non-profit organizations whose aim is to support young artists and promote culture.
If you are new in the field and you need funding, you can research online for grants for artists or competitions for artists. Once you find any, check the eligibility requirements and apply. This could be a big opportunity for you to showcase your talent and win cash prizes.
You can also get to know about grants and competitions for artists by keeping up with the social media handles of artists.
5.Sell wall art
Professionals in the field of art sell high-quality prints of their work to earn big money. If you are an artist, you can turn your art into high-quality posters by:
- Using professional photography or scanning to digitize your work.
- Creating posters to be printable using Adobe Illustrator or any other graphic design software.
If you are done with your artwork and you want to sell it, you can start by:
- Selling your artworks on an e-commerce platform like Sellfy and leave the printing part for the customer.
- Using any of the print-on-demand websites that can print and ship the digital artworks to buyers.
- Giving your artworks to your followers on social media. You may also choose to create an online shop on Facebook.
- Creating a shop on Etsy. This online platform is one of the biggest international platforms for selling artworks.
- Using your website to sell photos.
6. Sell other merchandise with your art
Another great way to make money with digital art is by selling other merchandise using your artwork. You can do this by using print-on-demand or drop shipping service. This service will handle the printing, packaging, branding, and shipping of your works to customers.
You can use print-on-demand services including Society6, Zazzle, and Printful to achieve this aim. The merchandise that you can sell with your art includes Wedding invitations, party decorations, greeting cards (Christmas, Birthday, Thanksgiving, etc.), Diaries, journals, planners, T-shirts, hoodies, kids clothes, Pillowcases, towels, Phone cases, mugs, and other souvenirs or gifts.
7. Seek commissions for original work
People in business use commissions to get customers and drive sales. Well, this is a very good strategy that young artists can use.
Once you start giving commissions for your products, customers will even help you to advertise your business to potential customers. You can also use create awareness about your commission using platforms including Artfinder, Artists&Clients, ArtCorgi, and Art Please.
If you do not know what commission to put and how much to charge for your artwork, you can verify from other artists who are on the same level as you.
8.Own an art blog and write on it
You can create an art blog so as to post pictures of your work for potential customers to see and buy. By creating a website, you can also use the platform to offer online courses to your site visitors.
Are you wondering how to do this? If yes, just create short videos with explanations on how to design artworks.
Ensure that you display your artworks on regular basis on your blog, talk about yourself, and how customers can place order for any item they want.
On the other hand, you can make money with digital art on your art blog through affiliate marketing, paid ads, creating commissioned reviews, and promoting your other products.
9. Sell art on Etsy
Sellfy is not the only platform where artists sell their artworks. An alternative platform is Etsy. This platform will give artists the opportunity to display their works to a wider audience, thereby widening the horizon of their business.
Meanwhile, statistics show that Etsy has made it possible for many sellers to make a regular income. Some of the products that you can sell on Etsy include jewelry and accessories, clothing, wall decor, visual arts, and arts & collectibles.
10. Sell digital art on Creative Market
Unlike Etsy that lets you sell physical and non-physical items, Creative Market offers a platform for selling digital art only. The platform helps artists to target potential customers.
Some of the items that you can sell on Creative Market include WordPress themes, Clip art, Stock photography, Templates, Fonts, Business & premade blog logos, Branding kits, Lightroom presets, and Illustrations.
The problem that Creative Market has is that the platform accepts only U.S dollars and this may prove problematic for any business that is not registered in the United States. Additionally, the platform charges a 40% commission on each product sale.
11.Market canvas paintings on Saatchi Art
If you have the knack for making paintings on a canvas, you can produce quality artworks and sell them to customers who wish to put up painted artworks on their walls.
An online platform where you drive many sales from your canvas paintings is Saatchi Art. You can start by signing up on the platform and follow it up by promoting your works on your social media platforms. Once customers purchase an item, you will receive a notification via email confirming the sale.
Upon confirming the sale, package the artwork for shipping, print out the documents for shipping, and hand it over to the courier to deliver to the buyer. Keep in mind that Saatchi charges a 30% commission on each sale.
12. Teach art on YouTube
Another great way to make money with digital art is by teaching your followers on YouTube. This social media platform offers one of the best places to sell yourself.
You can do this by making video tutorials with the aid of your smartphone or a video camera. Ensure that you have enough light and a good background before making your videos.
Afterward, post the video lessons on your YouTube channel for your subscribers to watch and learn from it. While posting, make sure that you use relevant keywords that describe the content and match what people search for.
13.Sell at an art exhibition, conventions, or festivals
You can also sell your artworks face-to-face by meeting the right persons. Although many persons like buying and selling online, however, offline means is a great way for you if you are an artist. This is because most people prefer seeing any item that they want to buy.
For professionals in art, they can sell their artworks face-to-face by searching for any upcoming art exhibition or festival in their area. Such events provide an opportunity for artists to showcase their talent and attract customers.
While going for the art exhibition or festival, make sure that you go along with a business card bearing your brand name and logo and pieces of your artwork for potential customers to buy.
If you are an up coming digital artist or a professional in the field, there are several ways you can use to make lots of money.
Do not depend solely on the traditional means of displaying your artworks for face-to-face buying and selling. Keep in mind that most businesses have gone digital.
This article has listed and explained several ways that can help you promote yourself and at the same drive huge sales.